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Cozy in Curaçao: Going Dutch in the Caribbean

Melanie Reffes for Marry Caribbean


Sitting pretty 70 miles east of Aruba and 35 miles north of Venezuela, Curacao is the gold standard for romance and a popular choice for weddings, honeymoons and vacations away from the fray.

A multi-lingual melting pot of nationalities from around the world, the Dutch island is also one of a just a few Caribbean countries located outside the Atlantic hurricane belt making weddings and honeymoons a breeze to book year ‘round.

From a sunset on the beach ceremony to a more formal affair in a resort ballroom, couples have a myriad of choices to celebrate their special day. For couples opting for a religious ceremony, there are many churches dotting the island and for those marrying in the Jewish faith, Mikve Israel-Emanuel in Willemstad is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Americas. “To proceed with a legal wedding, it’s highly suggested to use a planner to assist with the process,” recommends Gianina Atalita, sales and marketing coordinator, Curaçao Tourist Board in North America, “most large hotels and resorts have a wedding planner on-property and our website is also full of suggestions.”

Sweet Dreams at the Santa Barbara Beach Resort

At the base of Tafelberg Mountain between the Caribbean Sea and Spanish Water Bay, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is the largest hotel on the island conveniently located 15 miles from Hato International Airport and 10 miles from the capital city of Willemstad. With 350 seaview rooms and suites, the 4-diamond resort on 27 sprawling acres on the 2,000 acre Santa Barbara Plantation is the island leader in destination weddings. “We host 3 weddings a day during our busy season with 30% of our couples coming from the USA,” says Ezzie Cijntje, marketing and communications specialist, “weddings are so important to us that we have 5 onsite wedding planners ready to assist couples from around the world.” 

Romance at the Renaissance

For a city wedding, 237-room and suite Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino is a colorfully delightful hotel on the Otrobanda waterfront in Willemstad that last year celebrated 20 years as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Close to the airport, beaches and island attractions, the Caribbean casual resort with a stellar staff offers a boatload of locales for a ceremony and festive reception. Couples partner with resort wedding planners to ensure that no detail is overlooked from culinary-curated menus for the reception, valet dry cleaning for the gown and tux, special rates when ten or more rooms are booked and honeymoon packages for the bride and groom.

For the full story and many more suggestions find the article, originally published in September 2018, on Marry Caribbean.